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Abstract Volume 13 Issue 1 (2008) pp 34-41

Arthur Kornberg (1918–2007), Precursor of DNA Synthesis

Jean-Pierre Adloff and George B. Kauffman*

Honorary Professor, Université Louis Pasteur, 63 Rue Saint Urbain, Strasbourg, France F-67100,, Department of Chemistry, California State University, Fresno, Fresno, CA 93740-8034,

Published online: 1 February 2008

Abstract. Moses Gomberg (1866–1947), who rose from obscurity as a penniless Russian Jewish immigrant to the award-winning 1931 President of the American Chemical Society, serendipitously discovered the first stable orgArthur Kornberg (1918–2007), Professor Emeritus at the Department of Biochemistry of the Stanford University School of Medicine, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1959 for the first biosynthesis of nucleic acids, died on Friday, October 26, 2007 at the age of 89 at the Stanford University Hospital. This obituary-tribute briefly discusses his life and career with an emphasis on his prize-winning research and its applications.anic free radical, triphenylmethyl, in 1900. His career and work, both pure and applied, are recalled here on the 60th anniversary of his death.

Key Words: Chemistry and History; biography; biochemistry; medicine; physiology; enzymes; DNA; nucleic acids; Nobel Prize

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Issue date: February 1, 2008

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